I’m a colonist (American), living in land of the convicts (Australians) and besides both being countries that start with the letter “A” both have a large part of their history tied to being ruled by Britain.
Today, June 11, we are celebrating (or at least having a public holiday to celebrate) the Queen’s Birthday. And with all the goings on of the past weeks festivities around the Diamond Jubilee, it only seemed fitting to do something to somewhat honour Queen Elizabeth…so Rule Britannia! At least when it comes to slapping the Union Jack on anything fashion related.
I love this red outfit on the Queen. It gives her a nice healthy and rosy glow. Is it wrong to comment on the Queen having a “cheeky” smile and a bit of a trickster twinkle in her eye? She genuinely looks happy in this photo. I may not be a royalist, but I think she deserves to be happy in her work, or calling, or committment…whichever it may be. And she looks lovely doing it
Here’s a round-up a few items of clothing that display the Union Jack. Some are loud and proud…actually…all of them are! Hope you enjoy this little detour from my wardrobe.
I actually wouldn’t mind this Vivienne Westwood dress in my wardrobe. The style and cut are lovely and would be very flattering. Plus as a larger busted woman, it’s nice to find a gown with straps that allows you to wear a bra but still looks great. For some reason this dress always makes me think of an old painting of a woman mending the Stars and Stripes. However, I have searched the internet and can’t find the image to share.
Continuing with another British Design House are these Alexander McQueen ankle boots. You can get them at Net-a-Porter for about 500 pounds (a bit over $1000) and they even have the tiniest metal capped toe I have ever seen on a pair of shoes! I don’t love these as much as the Westwood dress but they are cool in funky – punk-mod sort of way. I think they would look great with a pair of skinny denim jeans, a white t-shirt and a red leather bomber/biker jacket.
Just in case that isn’t enough. You can also get this Alexander McQueen Skull Clutch with the Union Jack bejewelled and shining for just over $2000. Of course the bag will be empty except for your lippy because you will have spent everything on the bag! These skull bags are very cute but the price? Just can’t see it.
If you are looking to fly your flag for a far lesser price, this pair of Religion Jeans can be purchased at ASOS for right around $110.
Stridently independent, East London-based labelReligion has its heritage in club culture and a firm belief in public self-expression. They say they have an experimental and fearless approach to design.
Again on the reasonable side…if covering yourself with the Union Jack can be seen as reasonable…is this pair of heels from Chockers. They are called the Churchill shoes and I have to admit that I actually like them. They are a bit of fun and at 35 pounds (about $70), they are a pretty good buy!
While searching online I found this image, which I absolutely love and it led me to find out what it was advertising.
If you want to smell like a queen and have the budget of a small country to spend then have a look a Floris’ Royal Arms Diamond Addition Perfume. For only 15,000 pounds (about $25,000) you can have one of six bottles of this perfume that has been poured into an antique crystal bottle. To sweeten the deal, the bottle is decorated with a 50 point fairtrade white diamond on a gold chain with a gold charm engraved “Royal Arms”. Oh, and it smells like roses. So see, it’s worth every dollar!
I think I would rather have a colour print of the advertising piece matted and framed to hang on the wall. I can cut roses from the garden and just pretend that I’m wearing the perfume around the house!
I’m thinking if you can afford to buy/wear this perfume then you should Rule Britannia! Then you too can have a Jubilee that stops a country as well as have your birthday celebrated around the world. Guess you would get some cool birthday presents. You might even get one of the items here!
Thanks for helping me do my version of Birthday wishes to Queen Elizabeth.
- Rule Britannia (caro-interiors.com)
- See 10 Beauty Highlights From The Diamond Jubilee Celebrations (bellasugar.com)
- The BRIT look (fashionalter.wordpress.com)
- Rule Britannia! (kissandmakeupblog.wordpress.com)
- Photos: Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration (annecarolinedrake.com)